News Mormon Church issues statement, tells followers to calm down after ‘Blood Moon’ sparks Fears

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    SALT LAKE CITY — A rare confluence of a lunar eclipse and a supermoon set to happen this weekend has prompted such widespread fear of an impending apocalypse that the Mormon Church was compelled to issue a statement cautioning the faithful to not get caught up in speculation about a major calamity.

    Sunday night’s “blood moon” and recent natural disasters and political unrest around the world have led to a rise in sales at emergency-preparedness retailers.

    Apocalyptic statements by a Mormon author have only heightened fears among a small number of Mormon followers about the looming end of time.

    The eclipse will give the moon a red tint and make it look larger than usual. It won’t happen again for 18 years.

    It’s unclear how many Latter-day Saints buy the theory, but Mormon leaders were worried enough that they took the rare step this week of issuing a public statement cautioning the faithful not to get carried away with visions of the apocalypse.

    Leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints told its 15 million worldwide members that they should be “spiritually and physically prepared for life’s ups and downs,” but they urged them not to take speculation from individual church members as doctrine and “avoid being caught up in extreme efforts to anticipate catastrophic events.”

    The Mormons preparing to hunker down Sunday night aren’t alone. Some from other religions also fear a doomsday scenario.

    A Christian pastor in Texas has written a book predicting a world-shaking event.

    Storing away enough food and water in case of disaster, job loss or something worse is part of the fundamental teachings of the Mormon religion.

    Many homes in Utah are equipped with special shelving for cans of beans, rice and wheat.

    The belief that regular history will someday end, bringing a second coming of Jesus, is embedded in the minds of Mormons and the church’s official name.

    Though most Latter-day Saints probably haven’t even heard of this latest theory tied to the blood moon, the church’s decision to address it publicly is significant and shows leaders felt the need to reassert their authority on the matter, Mormon scholars said.

    “For it to filter up to that level and for them to decide to send out a policy letter means that they felt there was something they needed to tamp down on,” said Patrick Mason, the Howard W. Hunter Chair of Mormon Studies at Claremont Graduate University in California.

    Kevin Allbee, spokesman for Utah-based Emergency Essentials, said his company has seen a steady rise since June with sales up 200 to 300 percent.

    He attributes it to a variety of events leading to more anxiety, including the earthquake in Nepal, Russian’s intervention in the Ukraine and economic concerns in Greece and China.

    He said it goes well beyond Mormons in Utah. The company does most of its sales online with customers outside the state.

    The public pronouncement by the church comes after leaders earlier this month sent a memo to teachers in the church’s religious education system for high school and colleges telling them to be wary of Mormon author Julie Rowe’s books.

    Rowe writes about and speaks to audiences about a near-death experience in 2004 when she says she crossed over into the Spirit World and was shown tragic upcoming world calamities and told she would be expected to tell others in the future.

    “That time has come,” her website proclaims. It is believed her teachings have fueled some of the speculation.

    The church memo says that while Rowe is an active member of the religion, her books are not endorsed and should not be recommended as a teaching resource.

    Rowe’s publisher, Spring Creek Book Co. in Idaho, did not return requests for comment.

    She issued a statement to The Salt Lake Tribune, which reported on the rise in apocalyptic worries among some Latter-day Saints.

    Rowe said she doesn’t intend to make her comments church doctrine, but she chose to share her story to help people prepare for the “times we live in by increasing their faith in Christ and by looking to our prophet and church leaders for guidance.”

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    "The Mormons preparing to hunker down Sunday night aren’t alone. Some from other religions also fear a doomsday scenario."
    Does this mean the handful of idiots do this every 18 years just in case??
     
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    Haha dummies.
     
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    Insane how people follow Mormon bullsht.
     
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    Run and hide Mormons, before the big angry moon strikes down in furious anger!! :cwl:
     
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    How does this Blood Moon affect the volume of werewolves in Albuquerque? :eek:
     
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    Anyone going to go outside in a few minutes? About 30 minutes to go to the blood moon.
     
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    It's still too early for me.

    Are the mormon's expecting something like this to happen??

     
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    I'm on it. Been turning nicely.
     
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    My son's out there trying to get some good pictures.
     
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    Just went outside and the mood was kind of just like always. Will try again in an hour.
     
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    so its just coincidence that the Pope flew out earlier today?
     
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    Eastern sky
     
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    I see about a half eclipse right now, pretty cool.
     
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    They say to look at:

    9:11 p.m. CDT (or 10:11 p.m. EDT or 7:11 p.m. PDT)

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    I would love to see it but it's very cloudy here.
     
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    Too cloudy here. Can't see the moon at all.
    They have issued coastal flooding warnings for my part of the Chesapeake Bay over the last few days.
    I was at the river yesterday and the tide was way higher than normal.
     
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    Is the world about to end? :ohnoes:
     
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    Move ya stupid clouds.
     
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